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happening in the "newsroom," the wreckage of a missing american helicopter found in nepal. six marines among those onboard. three bodies have been found so far. we're on the ground near the crash site. new video and new details about the last 65 seconds before that amtrak train derailed and now the engineer is agreeing to talk to investigators as his friends rush to defend him. then -- >> please welcome mitt "the glove" romney. >> former presidential candidate mitt romney gets ready to step
in the ring with a former champion but it's 2016 contender jeb bush that's taking hits. let's talk live in the "cnn newsroom." s. marines missing on an aid mission in the nepalese mountains. the u.s. military confirming the chopper has been found and it's likely that everyone onboard was killed. >> because of the nature of the wreckage it's unlikely that there are any survivors at this time. our prayers are with the marines and the nepalese soldiers and their families. we all mourn this tragic loss of life. >> the wreckage of that marine chopper was discovered on a steep slope of the mountains east of kathmandu.
the marines were out delivering supplies to victims of nepal's two massive earthquake. will ripley is in kathmandu with more. hi will. >> reporter: hi carol. within the last hour we got new information from the nepali military about how this helicopter was located. according to the nepali authorities it was locals on the ground in this area who spotted the wreckage and alerted the army they should probably get in the air and take a look. they launched the helicopters and you heard the u.s. general there in his press conference talk about the fact that napali helicopters spotted the wreckage and sent in teams on the ground and that's when they were able to verify it was the u.s. marine huey helicopter and they did find three bodies that are partially burned. they are still combing the crash site or at least that's the plan to resume tomorrow. treacherous weather forced them to stop those operations for the
day. keep in mind you're at a very high altitude. 11,200 feet. subzero temperatures. very unpredictable weather conditions. it's dangerous for men on the ground and also for those crews in the air. this is one of the most dangerous places in the world to fly and the general there saying he wants to make sure that there are no other lives lost as they try to investigate this crash and bring back those crew members and also try to figure out exactly what happened carol. >> all right. will ripley reporting live from kathmandu this morning. in philadelphia new details are emerging and they just add to the mystery of why an amtrak train went off the tracks. at the time the train should have been slowing down it was speeding up to more than double the speed limit in that stretch of tracks. cnn's erin mclaughlin is in philadelphia with more for you. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. the ntsb investigators say that when they sit down with
32-year-old train engineer brandon bostian they'll ask him to explain what happened to the best of his recollection. his lawyer saying he's having trouble remembering the crash due to a concussion sustained from that accident. he says though that it is possible that his memory will return once this concussion subsides. ntsb say they now believe that just about a minute before the crash, the train was actually accelerating. that bostian applied an emergency break as the train was beginning to enter the curve but it was too late. seconds later the train crashed. that based on detailed analysis of video captured at the front of the train. what the footage doesn't tell them is reasons for that acceleration. that's why they want to talk to bostian and they believe they'll
do that in the next couple days. carol? >> in the meantime erin friends of this engineer are rushing forward to defend him, right? >> reporter: yeah. the friends are speaking out in his defense. james ware says he was safety conscious and took his job very seriously. he does not believe that he's at fault. he says he spoke with the engineer following the crash. take a listen. >> he's very distraught. he's very upset. he's very sorry. i don't think there's any foul play or anything like that. he was never one to do drugs. there's got to be something else. in fact when we were driving, he would never go above 5 miles an hour in the car. when i did when i was driving, he would fuss at me. >> reporter: bostian does seem to be someone who was concerned with safety and blog posts believed to be by bostian he
starts talking about the need for greater safety systems on trains. ironically advocating for the very same system that ntsb official say could have prevented this tragedy. carol? >> all right. erin mclaughlin reporting live from philadelphia. thank you so much. in the meantime an amtrak employee is the first person to file suit against amtrak. bruce phillips is a dispatcher for the train service. he was seated at the back of the train when it crashed. he suffered head injuries and now accuses amtrak of negligence. last hour i spoke to his attorneys. >> he and others were ejected from the seat and literally they were like rag dolls made out of ping-pong material being thrown about the car. they hit the ceiling, luggage racks, the seats. when it finally came to a stop there was just panic and just a horrible things that everybody saw in that train including our client. >> all right. let's talk more about this with transportation accident attorney
david cook. i'm also joined by john a former board member of the ntsb. thanks to both of you for joining me this morning. i appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> thanks for being here. john i want to start with you. brandon bostian will now talk to ntsb investigators. what kind of questions will they ask? what will the setting be like? >> the setting will be as neutral as possible. the questions that will be asked will be questions we've been talking about for days. just what did he do from the time he left the station? if he can remember that would be very helpful. the process that ntsb uses is verified. they'll go over details, if they give up details they'll look for physical evidence to substantiate what he may be saying. >> will his attorney be with him? >> i would assume his attorney
would be with him. he's been with him from the beginning and will continue to be with him. >> how freely will this engineer be able to speak? >> not as freely as investigators would like. and from the very beginning by making the determination that he's not ready to speak, and now he is ready to speak but what might he really remember? or what might he not disclose that we might otherwise like to hear? questions that really can't be answered at this point. doctors have commented on whether or not his concussion may have affected his memory. those are all questions as to whether or not there was negligent error that happened in that first car where the train was operated and where the engineer was situated. it appears the answer to that is obviously yes. how did it occur and what were factors that went into occurrence and leading this train at 106 miles an hour to leave the tracks. >> there's some strange information coming forward along
those lines. i want to pose this to you, john. so 65 seconds before the train's black box recording ends the train was traveling at 70 miles an hour. i have to read it because i don't have it in my memory. 65 seconds before the train's black box recording ends the train was traveling at 70 miles per hour. then it sped up. at 43 seconds before the recording ends the train was up to 80 miles an hour. 12 seconds later it hit 90 miles an hour and 15 seconds after that it topped 100 miles per hour and that's when this engineer brandon bostian slammed on the brakes. what do you make of that? >> there are two possible scenarios. one, he manipulated the controls to speed the train up and the other is some sort of a mechanical electronical alal failure that caused the train to speed up. he may not have felt it.
he may have been distracted with something in the locomotive. we haven't talked about his cell phone. was he on the cell phone or not? >> he turned over his cell phone and his lawyer said he wasn't texting. his cell phone was off as is required by amtrak. >> that's perfect. i'm glad to hear that. that eliminates one possibility. and that's what's going to happen. one by one the possibilities are going to be eliminated. i heard what was being said about all of the people that he was a great person and so on but people do make mistakes. it's very common for people to make mistakes especially if they're fatigues. i haven't heard anything talking about what his work schedule is like. not only this day but the proceeding three days. that's standard protocol for ntsb so they will dig into that. there's a lot of questions that we have that haven't been addressed yet and they will be addressed over the next couple of days. some of them will be able to be answered quickly and easily.
others are going to take a tremendous amount of work to get to the bottom of. >> something else that i'm sure that will be in the lawyer's mind this amtrak employee filed a lawsuit. within the lawsuit are these allegations. amtrak failed to provide sufficient personnel to safely operate the train. also inside that lawsuit, there weren't proper systems in place to slow the train. will that add into whatever charges are filed against this engineer? >> obviously positive train control is something that's at the heart of the issue. you have negligence here. who and exactly where to pin it is really the issue. there's no question that amtrak is at fault here. either they could have and should have had the positive train control in effect. to find out yesterday that it was on the southbound track and not on the northbound track and coupling that with the metro
north crash virtually 18 months ago where this is a duplication of the same accident. the activities within the control panel by the engineer may somewhat differ but ultimately the train reached a speed that was excessive, far excessive of what was safe. went into that turn flew off the tracks people were killed and so many people were injured and the people that have suffered families people who have been fortunate enough to survive it will live with this for the rest of their lives and it's something that unfortunately it was totally avoidable. >> all right. i have to leave it there. thank you so much for being with me today. i appreciate it. in our next hour here on cnn, we'll hear from the friend that bostian called from the hospital right after the crash. grim milestones. the first funeral and final
identification of those killed. let's return to philadelphia to get more from cnn's sunlen serfaty. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. all eight killed by that train crash have now been accounted for and identified including 45-year-old father of two from baltimore, maryland. his body was just found yesterday at the crash site by a cadaver dog. also among the killed 47-year-old real estate agent from new york and also an italian national that was here visiting the u.s. on business. he was an oil merchant. later this morning will be the first of funerals for that of a 20 year old from u.s. navy academy. a mid shipman. a sophomore there. we know that he'll be honored with full military honors from the u.s. navy and the u.s. navy will present his family with an
american flag and we know that 160 mid shipmen from his company will be at his funeral later today. >> sunlen serfaty, many thanks. still to come in the "newsroom," breaking news out of iraq. is isis gaining ground? nick paton walsh has the latest. >> reporter: we'll hear whether or not isis managed to gain full control of a key province to the west of baghdad. let's take a look at your credit. >>i know i have a 786 fico score, thanks to all the tools and help on experian.com. so how are we going to sweeten this deal? floor mats... clear coats... >>you're getting warmer... leather seats... >>and this... my wife bought me that. get your credit swagger on. become a member of experian credit tracker and find out your fico score powered by experian. fico scores are used in 90% of credit decisions. guys, it's just the two of you. the setting is just right.
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this just into cnn. isis making gains in iraq raising its flag over a government building in ramadi. nick paton walsh here to talk about this. ramadi is close to baghdad, right? >> reporter: true. frankly isis at this stage taking control -- not at this stage but taking over significant buildings in a town like that would be a big deal on any day. this is running against the iraqi government's narrative of anbar being the next place they want to take on isis in and push them out of. they said after taking tikrit they weren't going to move to mosul necessarily as the next target but it would be anbar in the focus and now it's isis that is gaining ground there. it seems stark now. 13 separate suicide bombings around the city. two of which it seems caused isis to have a passage in toward
the city center. they now raised their flag over the police headquarters and seem to have control of a key mosque there as well. the fighting is ongoing. people are fleeing and it's a symbolic city because it's the capital of anbar but it's an area the city hoped to exert influence and push isis out and find many sunnis living there who would welcome their return. instead now isis is raising their flag. bad for the baghdad government's narrative. >> so give us a sense about how things are going within iraq. is isis in control of too much territory? are iraqi forces making progress? what's the story there? >> certainly it looked like iraqi forces were doing well in terms of a mixture of shia militia and security forces. we saw isis in kobani in syria
being pushed out. it had seemed as though much of the narrative territorially was turning against isis. there is speculation as to where is isis' leader and what's happening now, we saw the audio message yesterday emerge and seem to show he was in good enough spirits but in the last six to eight weeks or so and we're also seeing this move into ramadi suggesting that isis is trying to push back in one direction. we simply don't know full condition of them whether they're experiencing significant wear and tear off coalition air strikes lacking in resources many reports suggest but if they manage to retain ramadi or exercise full control in the days ahead will be a significant blow for coalition efforts against them. carol? >> nick paton walsh reporting live from beirut. coming up mitt romney ready to throw some punches tonight.
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jury deliberations coming up on ten hours in boston. the same men and women who convicted dzhokhar tsarnaev are hashing it out right now deciding whether he lives or dies. something to keep in mind. it only took 11 hours to decide what to do about timothy mcveigh. the jury is wearing its decision from a 24-page questionnaire that are aggravating and mitigating. deborah feyerick is covering this in boston for us.
good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. and that's right. the jury is now in its 11th hour of deliberating. they began on wednesday just after closings and the judge even though there was less than an hour in the day, the judge basically put them in that room and said start talking. and dzhokhar tsarnaev in court has really seemed a lot lighter. his mood. his demeanor. we sat through this trial and the guilt trial since march and he was very serious. we don't know whether he was instructed to be that way but yesterday after the jury began deliberating he seemed much more relaxed. he was writing on a pad. some people thought he was sketching. then another time toward the end of the day during private conversation with his lawyer there was actually a belly laugh and all of the journalists in the courtroom kind of looked at each other saying did you hear what i heard because he's shown so little emotion during this whole period. he knows he's got two options, carol. either dies by execution or he dies after spending every single day for the rest of his life in
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. mitt romney throwing his hat into a very different ring tomorrow night preparing for the fight of his life. and knocking down his critics along the way. >> hi. i'm mitt romney. you may recognize me from television or the news or just around town. you've heard my critics say that i'm out of touch. that i'm stiff. that i just don't relate to people. for years i have been listening to garbage like that and i decided to fight back. how do you do that? by taking on the former heavyweight champion of the world. >> you think he's kidding but he's not.
he's looking trim. not muscular but trim compared to holyfield who could look muscular. the pair duelling it out in salt lake city to raise money for charity. welcome to all of you. >> thanks carol. >> sara i'm so disappointed that you're not at the weigh in. i thought you would be there live. >> carol, i'm also very disappointed to not be there. the scheduling did not work out. i can tell you that it sounds like it's going to be a pretty exciting event tonight. i talked to ann romney a little bit about this yesterday. she said she's a little bit worried for mitt. he's in good shape but it's hard to take up against evander holyfield. every summer they do the romney
olympics and has lots of events swimming running, hammering nails into a board. she said she's been watching mitt's performance in romney olympics and these days he's not only losing to the boys but he's losing to the girls, too. that makes her nervous about his upcoming performance tonight. >> i'm ready for them to head butt. they don't do that. you know in watching this it makes me wonder where was that mitt romney when he was running for president? >> it makes a lot of us wonder that. if people had seen that side of mitt romney we wouldn't have a disastrous term of barack obama presidency. unfortunately for mitt romney i think he was too busy worrying about being controlled and not evidence offending. i knew he was in trouble when he apologized for his success and what he's done for his wealth and story. he should have doubled down on that instead of turning around and apologizing for being successful and jobs created and
what they actually do. the campaign -- they never allowed him to be who he was and that was the result. he came across as stiff. at least he can make fun of himself. >> do political consultants allow any candidate to be who they are? >> there is this mythology that political consultants control the races. this comes from the candidate. these structures are top down candidates. consultants take cues from the candidate. mitt romney took himself seriously and took the presidency seriously and now that he's not running for president, you get to see that side of him. it would have helped and every candidate should take note. this kind of authenticity is what people want to see on the trail and that's how you connect to ordinary folks who vote every four years and not just republican primary voters but the real folks out there that you need to win over. just see a likable side of mitt romney i don't know it would have taken care of the republican party challenges in terms of demographic issues we face. would this have cut into 0% of african-americans we won? i'm not sure.
take note folks, we got to win it this time or we won't win at all. >> i think that jeb bush is trying to be very authentic. i know he stumbled along the way. i'll pose this question to you, sara. i think it must be tough for him. would you want to overly criticize your brother and demonize him because you had to win the office of the president? i don't know that i could. >> carol, i think this is really tough for jeb bush because we are talking about his brother here. even though they aren't particularly close, i think he does respect what his brother did while he was in office and respects that he served his country in this manner and was president. i do think that this is the core question of a jeb bush candidacy. he is going to be asked to answer for his brother's policies and he needs to be able to do that and he needs to be comfortable with whatever his answer is. there's nothing to prevent him from talking these answers over with his brother ahead of time from practicing them and his aids say they have been practicing these answers so to see him flub lines about how to
handle the war in iraq the most predictable question he could have gotten was difficult for people. >> let's run this right now. >> knowing what we know now, what would you have done? i would not is have engaged. i would not have gone into iraq. >> it sounds so simple right? >> jeb bush is running into some significant problems i think. even the donors are starting to be concerned about this. what was allure about jeb bush? he was supposed to be the adult in the room. he was supposed to be polished and prepared. he comes from this dynasty family and was a governor and he's rusty. he hasn't run for anything in a decade. this also comes at a time when marco rubio who was supposed to be his protege performs better than he did. marco rubio gave a quality foreign policy speech this week at the council on foreign relations where he showed he had command of the issues and he showed he was serious about
things. there you have jeb bush the contrast where it looks like the student has now become the teacher. it was a terrible week for jeb. >> it's icky that marco rubio attacking jeb bush. >> i think mentor overstates it. he ran the florida house when jeb was governor so they worked closely together. it's not like jeb raised him through politics. >> marco rubio describes him as his mentor. >> whatever. regardless certainly there is a relationship there that has been hurt by this run and them becoming competitors. i think the stumbles of bush show that he's rusty but not that he's not ready to be president on day one. there's an entirely different skill set being a president running the free world and running for president. 500 and something days out he'll get better at it. he's gotten better in the time he's done it. does this break jeb bush? no? was this a predictable problem? yes. i think he's improving any way.
it's not make or break. the republican field when you look at it who is ready to be president on day one? i think people still think that marco rubio, scott walker, even though they are likable, shear political talent certainly, but who is ready and has maturity and experience to be president on day one? i still think that certainly goes in jeb's favor. >> jeb does not have as much of a learning curve as everyone else because that's the reason he was tauted as the front runner and adult in the room and polish he's supposed to have and if he can't answer something as simple as that -- >> i do agree. please weigh in sara. it's very early. by the time we get into campaign mode and by the time voters start to pay attention, this will probably fade from the public memory right? >> i think that's what people are telling us in the early states that they are happy to see this kind of clumsiness happening when we're so far out from the iowa caucuses. he does have a lot of time to
recover. the problem is if you see this sort of clumsiness and this rustiness flubbing predictable questions as we go on and continue and you don't see campaign apparatus learn to better respond to these things. it's a very, very long way. just between now and iowa we have to remember that most normal human beings most normal voters are not tuning in yet. >> i have to agree with that. >> how he handles this is indicative of his personality and how he is as a candidate. these are glimpses of what he's like. i don't think too many people are going to see that he's the likable candidate that we need. >> if he improves there's market improvement. it's early is what i would say. >> it is early. i have to leave it there. thanks to all of you. practice makes perfect. still to come in the "newsroom," an apology from abc anchor george stroumboulopoulos ephanopoulos.
abc anchor george stephanopoulos apologizes for not telling viewers he made contributions to the clinton foundation. >> i've made substantial donations to dozens of charities including the clinton global foundation. those donations were a matter of public record but i should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation. i now believe that directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. even though i made them strictly to support work to stop the spread of aids help children and protect the environment in poor countries, i should have gone the extra mile to avoid the appearance of a conflict. i apologize to all of you for failing to do that. >> rand paul questioned if the donations were payment for access because hillary clinton is kind of running for
president. brian stelter is here to talk more about this. clearly what he did was dumb. >> i think everybody in the news industry is baffled by this. he's a very smart guy. he's got a lot of friends in the industry. he's very well respected including by many republicans. you know stephanopoulos has worked for 20 years to become a very big star. folks are scratching their heads wondering why he was willing to make those donations because he may have known at some point this would look bad. to be fair in 2012 when he made the first donation we didn't know that hillary clinton would for sure run for president. even then there was talk about her possibly running. >> he's a political reporter kind of guy. you have to be careful. >> absolutely. >> even if she wasn't running, that made a difference. >> even if he made donations in 2012 and 2013 and 2014 he should have business -- disclosed it. even if he made donations which was an error and not disclosing
them was another error. yesterday when this first was revealed he only said i should have disclosed it. now he's going further. he said i shouldn't have done this in the first place. that's probably the correct answer. i do have one issue with his apology. he said that he should have gone the extra mile here and avoided the conflict of interest. no. that's the first mile. avoiding conflict of interest is the first part of the job. it's not as if he was going out of his way. not supposed to be the extra mile. that said abc now hopes this is over. he's apologized on air. they are hoping this will start to fade away. some republicans do not want it to fade away. critics say he shouldn't cover the 2016 election. >> i'm sure you'll talk about this over the weekend. straight ahead in the "newsroom" -- ♪ >> a talented musician on a mission for the u.s. army. a sergeant and iraq war veteran
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campbell. this active duty iraq war vet is not just a gifted musician she's on an official mission to see how young women view the military. only 25% of new army recruits are female. i sat down with sergeant campbell to talk music, the military and the urgent need for more women in the military. >> it's a common idea that maybe you don't get to be a girl or be a woman in the army because it is seen as a masculine place to be. >> your mission for the army is what? >> i would say that my primary mission on behalf of recruiting command is to communicate with students that maybe their perception of the military is not complete. we have jobs that cover everything that the civilian side does and i think that's a misunderstanding from a lot of people is that all of our jobs are focused on the fight. >> you sing to get that point across. some people might say what?
>> i do. if you look at young adults now, they are so passionate about music and so we found a way to kind of tap into that passion point and communicate some human parts of the army and in a language they're used to hearing 24/7. it's shaking up the perception if you deploy you're just this machine that goes over there and knocks it out. >> you were deployed yourself. >> i was. i'm a combat veteran of the first calvary division. i deployed to iraq and spent half of my time doing soldier tasks. i think it kind of blows their mind a little bit that i'm a combat veteran but now they see me on stage at their school. >> there's a push to recruit more women into the army. how do you tell them that you can be a girl and special ops person? >> i think that you can find women who want to show strength in a way that is typically a men's world, but you can also find women to do the other jobs
who maybe don't want to do that. maybe they want to be a nurse or be a doctor or be a pilot? >> i would think about upward mobility and i would think that top echelon job would not be mine no matter what a great job i did in the army. is that true? >> no. i had the pleasure of working for a general who was the first female four-star general and i saw in her a great amount of femininity and confidence and that was encouraging to me as a young soldier because i could see what a woman in power looks like. >> still, i kind of want to see a woman in charge at centcom or i want to see one of the joint chiefs of staff female. we haven't seen that. >> i know. i'm waiting for that. i think there's obviously -- there's still a glass ceiling in multiple places. we need women to push into those
jobs and desire to have them. >> it's interesting in watching your videos online. you look a lot different than you do right now. >> right. >> i'm sure that's by design. tell us about that. >> the uniform is kind of supposed to make us look uniform. but i do want them all to know that they can be an individual and they can wear pink makeup and they can make their hair look crazy and still express their individuality even if they are in the service. >> she's pretty awesome. you can see sergeant campbell perform all summer on the tour beginning june 19th in california. you can also read more about the singing sergeant in my op-ed at cnn.com/opinion and facebook/carolcnn. still to come remembering a legend. the incredible life of b.b. king.
speaker john boehner lashed out at a reporter over the suggestion that funding was linked to the derailment. boehner called that connection stupid. now a top democrat is firing back. senator chuck schumer of new york says amtrak's long financial problems simply cannot be ignored and safety concerns dismissed. here's what he said minutes ago. >> some like speaker boehner who can't seem to understand this he said that this and other accidents are not tied to a lack of funding. that's not stupid as he said. it's the truth as we say and anyone who studies this knows. speaker boehner speaks with massive ignorance. anyone who knows amtrak knows it's been robbing peter to pay paul. >> engineer at the controls is due to speak to federal investigators about the crash. he has already spoken to his best friend. next hour that best friend will be on cnn in a live interview.
president obama has a live public event on capitol hill this morning to honor fallen police officers. he's expected to speak soon. the event caps off national police week and will commemorate those officers who have died in the line of duty. according to the fbi, an average of 64 officers are killed every year. 2013 was the lowest year during that period from 1980 to 2014 with 27 officers losing their lives on the job. moments ago the president giving a statement on the death of legendary blues artist b.b. king saying "he gets stuck in your head. he gets you moving. he gets you doing things you probably shouldn't do but will always be glad you did. b.b. king may be gone but the thrill will be with us forever and there will be one killer blues session in heaven tonight."
b.b. king was one of the world's great guitar players reigning as king of the blues for six decades. >> i want to thank him for the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years and for the friendship that we enjoyed and there are not many left to play in the pure way that b.b. did. he was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music. i thank him from the bottom of my heart. >> b.b. king inspiring generations of musicians. b.b. king was 89. ♪
t this hour" starts now. what is the amtrak engineer now saying about the devastating crash that killed eight people? what does he remember? one of the few people to speak with him since the accident joins us live. happening now, isis militants launch a wide scale attack on a key iraqi city. militants raise their flag over the city's main government building. how close now is this city to falling? we could be just minutes away from learning the fate of dzhokhar tsarnaev. a jury weighing the death penalty and a decision could be imminent.